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Brad Keselowski wrecks at Road Atlanta, but expects to race this weekend

Brad Keselowski's destroyed No. 2 Penske Racing Dodge. (Photo: Jimmie Johnson via Twitter)
Brad Keselowski's destroyed No. 2 Penske Racing Dodge. (Photo: Jimmie Johnson via Twitter)

Special to Sporting News NASCAR Wire Service

Brad Keselowski was taken to a hospital Wednesday following an accident while testing at Road Atlanta.

The Penske Racing driver walked away from the accident under his own power but was taken to a hospital for further evaluation, the team said in a statement.

Keselowski, according to pictures he posted on his Twitter account, has some swelling around his left ankle and a cut on his leg. X-rays, he said, were negative.

"In a serious accident today while testing Road Atlanta," Keselowski said on Twitter. "Hit wall head on in a 155 mph corner after brakes failed. Airlifted to hospital. ... Looks like I'll be ok to race this weekend."

Keselowski also said on Twitter that data gathered by team engineers estimated he was going 100 mph at the time he hit the wall, which was not a SAFER barrier.

Keselowski is scheduled to compete in the Sprint Cup race at Pocono Raceway and the Nationwide Series event at Iowa Speedway this weekend. If Keselowski opts for a relief driver at any point during the Cup event, he still would earn the points if he starts the race.

Keselowski is 21st in the Sprint Cup standings. He has one win this year at Kansas Speedway and is eligible for one of the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup wild cards if he can crack the top 20 in points. The current holders of the wild-card spots are Denny Hamlin and Paul Menard.

The 27-year-old Keselowski is in his second year of Cup racing for Penske.